Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti)

Photography Creatures posted on Sep 02, 2008
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Description


Humboldt Penguins are medium-sized penguins, growing to 65-70 cm (26-28 in) long and a weight of 4.7 kg (10.4 lbs). They have a black head with a white border running from behind the eye, around the black ear-coverts and chin, to join on the throat. They have blackish-grey upperparts and whitish underparts, with a black breast-band extending down the flanks to the thigh. They have a fleshy-pink base to the bill. Juveniles have dark heads and no breast-band. Humboldt Penguins nest on islands and rocky coasts, burrowing holes in guano and sometimes using scrapes or caves. The current status of this penguin is vulnerable, due to a declining population caused in part by over-fishing. Historically it was the victim of guano over-exploitation. Penguins are also declining in numbers due to habitat destruction. The current population is estimated at between 3,300 and 12,000. Thanks for viewing and all past comments, Have a Great Day!

Comments (7)


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faeragirl 11:45AM | Tue, 02 September 2008

What a beautiful capture of such a sweet creature. I love that you provided information about the species as well. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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durleybeachbum 12:00PM | Tue, 02 September 2008

super pic.

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MrsRatbag 7:49PM | Tue, 02 September 2008

Great shot!

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kgb224 12:23AM | Wed, 03 September 2008

Excellent capture.

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Alz2008 7:41AM | Wed, 03 September 2008

Wonderful capture, excellent well done..

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lucindawind 11:47AM | Wed, 03 September 2008

awww so sweet ! I love it

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MaraP 4:00AM | Sat, 13 September 2008

Amazing details and light!

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